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Danny John-Jules

Danny John-Jules


9/16/1960, London, England, UK

Birth Name

Daniel John-Jules


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Daniel (Danny) John-Jules was born in London and is an English dancer and actor. He is best know for his role as The Cat in the series Red Dwarf but has also has appeared in numerous diverse other shows and films such as Blade II and the children's…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Danny is 5' 8" (1.73 m) tall.

    • Danny appeared in Little Shop of Horrors, singing with a group of others at a bus stop.

    • On 15 February 2008, Danny was arrested on suspicion of assault with a Samurai sword. Despite the fact he has never owned such a weapon, it was claimed by the Daily Mirror newspaper that he threatened two bin men with the sword during an apparent argument. He was found guilty of two counts of battery in relation to the case on 24 October 2008 and was sentenced on 13 November to 120 hours of community service.

    • Danny had his own DJ Crew "Sir Jules and the Knights of the Turntable," which had a regular spot at Gossip's club in London's West End.

    • Danny was one of the first Hip Hop DJs in the UK.

    • For several years in the late 1990s Danny appeared in the annual Christmas pantomime at Aldershot's Prince's Hall theatre, playing his Cat character from Red Dwarf.

    • Danny appeared, uncredited, in the 1979 British film Scum, playing a look-out during a fight scene.

    • Danny supplied the voice for two characters in the movie Labyrinth.

    • Craig Charles said of Danny at a Red Dwarf convention of being a lot like The Cat on the show as Danny had a lot of clothes. Craig said "If Danny changed his clothes every 10 seconds for the next 10 years he still wouldn't run out of clothes".

    • In 1993, Danny released a song from Red Dwarf called "Tongue Tied" as a single, which was a Top 20 hit and featured Craig Charles and Chris Barrie from the show. They played the dancers and backing singers. Both thought he was a talented singer. He sings tenor.

    • Before Danny's television and film work, he was a dancer in a number of West End theatre productions. He was a member of the original cast of Starlight Express, playing a boxcar called Rocky I.

    • Danny sang backing vocals for David Bowie's song "Chilly Down" which featured on the soundtrack for the 1986 film, Labyrinth.

    • In 1995 Danny John-Jules starred in a pilot for his own show, entitled Danny John-Jules Killer Duels. Each week famous 1 on 1 battles from history were examined with a team of experts and the winner of a hypothetical chess game between the participants was decided, irrespective of the winner of the original battle.

    • Danny once toured America with the famous UK pop group, Wham!

    • Danny's Nephew, Alexander, played Baby Lister in Series 7.

    • He is the voice of Gex in the Playstation game of the same name.

  • Quotes

    • Danny: There are people out there who do understand what a good performance is and what a good script is. And there are 1.5 million black folk in England and they want entertaining.

    • Danny: Whether I'm working at the theatre, television or film, I go out there and try to be the best that I can. And so far, from the feedback that I've received about my work, I seem to be on the right track. I'll just continue to do what I do - that's what's gotten me to where I am in my career so far.

    • Danny: What Red Dwarf has done is given me an audience. I know when I'm on TV those guys will watch it - they will at least go and see what I'm doing. It's all about viewing figures out there and if no one's watching your show then you're off. The thing is I've got a public that really got to know me from Red Dwarf and have then gone backwards into my career to find out what I've done.

    • Danny: If Shakespeare wrote Othello at the start of the 1600s then we haven't really come very far since then. And if Shakespeare was so great, why don't they take his lead? Academics rant and rave about Shakespeare being so great and he wrote a lead black character all those years ago and how have we progressed since then?

    • Danny: I wouldn't mind being Danny John-Jules if I'm getting £5 million a movie. I'll be Danny John-Jules 24 hours a day for £5 million. So to get paid a fortune for doing movies where you play the same character and then complain about it is odd. There are people in a lot worse positions who are doing great work, playing different characters every time. It's no use asking for more parts because look I've done a hundred films. Well that's true, but 98 of them were crap.

    • Danny: I remember Michael Caine complaining that he didn't get the credit he deserved. But then Michael Caine only every played himself in all his movies so he can't grumble. At least he's working.

    • Danny: The Story Makers has been really good for me. I get asked about it as much as I do about Red Dwarf - it's really caught the imagination of the kids. So I've got another character... I'm Milton now. So for the last few years I am recognised more as Milton and The Cat has been demoted as far as what people are seeing of him. Milton has a whole new show, and he's really caught the imagination of the kids.

    • Danny: I used cultural icons well known in the world of buffoons and nerds the only difference was that they were white which helped to give the Cat his universal appeal. Is it just coincidence that the remake of the Nutty Proffessor starred a black guy?

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    I saw this guy first in the TV series on the BBC's Red Dwarf as The Cat, then Blade II. I thought he sounded familiar, but didn't think it was likely he would play the vampire role. As The Cat he was a little gay but as Asad he was pretty cool.